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Can you believe it’s been 15 years ago that Simple Plan came rocking into our lives and hearts?
Their 2002 debut studio album No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls introduced audiences to what soon became pop-punk classics like the ever popular “I’d Do Anything,” “Addicted,” and of course, “Perfect.” Now, the French-Canadian punk band is heading on a U.S. anniversary tour to celebrate where it all began.
The band released the following statement to the Alternative Press:
“It felt important to do something special, something we’ve never done before to mark this landmark in our lives. This is why we wanted to do this tour. ‘No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls’ changed everything for us and we are so excited to play all these songs again and relive a time in our lives full of so many amazing memories… We hope these shows can make you feel like a kid again, make you want to sing your heart out and bring you back to a time where nothing mattered except listening to music, hanging out with friends and going to concerts.”
Simple Plan have already been celebrating the anniversary with their fans on Instagram this past week, posting some major throwbacks since their tour announcement. The old school flicks show them recording No Pads in the studio and showing off their first gold record, featuring classic early-2000s fashion trends like Dickies shorts, tube socks and Vans skate shoes.
No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls marked the beginning of the band’s success, peaking at No. 35 on the Billboard 200. The album was also certified double platinum, selling over 2 million copies. Simple Plan enlisted the help of Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden and blink-182’s Mark Hoppus during the recording sessions of No Pads, resulting in a “spunky, energetic punk sound” that has stuck with the group ever since.
The band will perform No Pads in its entirety every night of the tour to commemorate the anniversary, with Set It Off and Seaway as the supporting acts. The tour is set to kick off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 19—the exact date in 2002 that the debut album was released. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 13 and can be purchased here.